July 5

Kenya: Your Most FAQs Answered By The Travel Experts


July 5, 2017

Is Kenya on your African bucket list? If so, this is for you (and if not – it should be). While there’s a lot of excitement that comes with travelling, there’s plenty of anxiety accompanying it, too. Particularly if it’s a country (or even continent) that you haven’t been to before. Hakuna Matata! We recently sat down with our expert consultants to get the down-low on their top FAQs about travelling to Kenya.

Is Kenya a safe destination to travel to?

Yes. Like anywhere in the world, every destination has its problem areas and vulnerable pockets, but guests travelling with us would never be exposed to that. Kenya is a country loved by the likes of royalty and politicians the world over who return to the country again and again.

How much time do I need for a trip to Kenya?

What many travellers don’t realise is that the country is truly a destination on its own with a wealth of highlights and exciting offerings that will no doubt have you wishing you had stayed longer. The safari options are endless and it’s easily-accessible beach destinations are well worth a visit, not to mention the big city lights of its developed capital, Nairobi.

What time of year is the best time to see the Great Migration in Kenya?

While this is always dependent on summer rainfall, the Great Migration is often in Kenya across July, August, and September, before moving south again towards Tanzania.

What are the unique experiences on offer in Kenya that you can’t do elsewhere?

There are plenty of unique experiences on hand in this East African nation, from climbing Mount Kenya and camel riding in Laikipia to a stay at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor and a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Other favourites include sightings of the Special Big 5 at Samburu and Black Rhino Tracking in the Sera Conservancy with Saruni Rhino.

Is it easy to get from Nairobi to the national parks and to travel between them?

Yes, very much so! A safari destination can be reached in a matter of hours with Lake Nakuru and Amboseli a three-hour drive from the capital. The Maasai Mara and Samburu National Reserve are further afield but a cinch to get to with flights not only travelling from the capital to the reserves but from reserve to reserve and park to park, too.

What are the most accessible beach destinations when visiting Kenya?

You may be surprised to hear it, but a beach holiday is an easy add-on to a Kenyan itinerary. Head to the white sands along the Mombasa coastline, jet across to the Zanzibar Archipelago for an island vacay, or, if remote locations are really your thing, fly to the Seychelles and its chain of 115 islands and islets.

What is the price range for a safari in Kenya?

This depends entirely on your own personal taste, budget, interest, and the length of time you plan on being on safari. An entry-level figure would be around $300 per person per night, double occupancy, including park fees.

How easy is it to combine Kenya with other destinations?

Very! East Africa is a region brimming with thrilling adventure opportunities and exciting destinations to visit. Easy add-ons to a Kenyan itinerary include Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. Travellers can see the highest mountain on the continent, go gorilla trekking, and simply admire the diverse safari opportunities on offer in the region.

What is the difference between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the various private concessions?

The private concessions are an element unique to Kenya’s Mara Ecosystem as Tanzania’s Serengeti is not neighboured by any at all. The Maasai Mara is also community-owned land that is run and protected by the Maasai tribe.

It is a thrilling and awe-inspiring example of successful cohabitation between man and wildlife, seen in the Maasai herdsmen who take their cattle grazing with a pride of lions a mere stone’s throw away and in the lodges which are run by and employ Maasai warriors.

Which property portfolios offer a full circuit in Kenya?

Kenya is an incredibly vast country, as is its Maasai Mara. A circuit allows visitors to stay in various lodges around the Mara which are part of the same property portfolio. Property portfolios that offer this include lodges in the Elewana Collection, The Safari Collection, Saruni, and Asilia Africa.

Can you do a self-drive in Kenya?

Theoretically? Yes, you can. In reality, it’s much harder and we don’t recommend it. Remote roads are not always in the best condition in Kenya and if you do have a breakdown en route, you’ll be at the mercy of other safari vehicles. Not to mention, it’ll be a long wait before you are rescued!

As mentioned before, the country and its parks are vast, and it’s incredibly easy to get lost if you don’t know them. One of our consultants was on a safari where even the guide got lost once! We highly recommend going on safari with a ground handler where you can truly sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Can children come with on safari in Kenya?

Believe it or not, Kenya is one of the most child-friendly and family-friendly safari destinations in Africa. Many of the lodges have family accommodation and plenty of vehicles, which makes it easy for families to have a vehicle to themselves or to join other families on safari.

What medical inoculations are needed when travelling to Kenya?

Yellow Fever certificates, issued upon receiving a Yellow Fever vaccination, are normally expected to be carried on your person (depending on what country you’re departing from). That said, rules change all the time, so be sure to always consult a travel clinic before travelling. Kenya is also found in a malaria-prone area, and malaria prophylactics are required.

That’s it, folks! Are you ready for Kenya? Let us take you there. Enquire now.



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About the author 

Melanie Du Toit

Jozi-born, Knysna local, and recovering yachtie, Melanie decided that she missed being land-based after 18 months sailing the seas. Now that she lives in the most beautiful city in Africa (she is adamant about this fact), you will find her trying out new things around Cape Town, dreaming about her next holiday, and using Wikipedia to enhance her skills as an encyclopaedia of useless information.

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